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Erika Long

About Erika Long

Erika Long is a school librarian in Tennessee. She was named a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstar finalist in the Social Justice Defender Category. She works to ensure her library is a safe space for all students and is an advocate of books as mirrors and windows.

A Different Pond

What happens when a cartoonist/graphic novelist is tasked with illustrating a picture book? The result in this case is a phenomenal piece of work that intensely captures mood and tells an unforgettable story of endurance. Upon our first look at Bao Phi’s A Different Pond (i.e., the cover), illustrated by Thi Bui, we see a book about […]

Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community

As a school librarian, I strongly believe in the importance of books as mirrors and windows for students, especially with so many divisive things happening in our society. Using these sorts of books in the classroom helps to start tough dialogue that’s necessary for educators and students alike. That doesn’t happen all the time with […]